Sharman celebrates a century


Amanda Tafolla-Sutton / Sun-Telegraph

Ada Sharman celebrated her 100th birthday Monday, she talks about what a century of life was like for her.

Ada Sharman will have her share of visitors in the coming days, as she celebrates her 100th year on this earth with friends and family.

Ada's parents, Gus and Minnie Hennig, were immigrants from Germany. Ada said her dad was young when he snuck onto a ship bound for the United States.

"My parents came to Gurley at different times, but they were both from Germany," Ada said.

Born in 1916, Ada said she grew up in a farm house east of Gurley, but first lived with her uncle in what was a grain building before the family built their own house south of Lisco.

"Lisco had a state bank and a dance hall, and dad built a country school on our land," Ada said.

Graduating from Lisco High School in 1934, Ada jokes that she was, "second in the class of five."

Ada attended Chadron State College, after which she said she worked a variety of "thank you jobs."

"I helped watch children, did house work and was a waitress for a time," Ada said.

One summer, Ada remembers, she was working in a hotel in Estes Park, Colo. Ada said a friend of the family thought she should get away and see the world.

"It was a great summer,"Ada said.

Ada was married to Earl Sharman in 1940, and the couple's first child, Janis, was born in 1943. Followed by Larry, born in 1945, Byron in '47 and Rick in '55.

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